Inaugural DataFest reflects a growing interest

The proof of Harvard’s growing interest in data science became even clearer the third week of January when the inaugural session of the Harvard DataFest conference reached capacity (at 166), with several dozen students, researchers, and staff waitlisted. “We were able to create new course materials, and build awareness of existing Harvard resources, for developing skills in working with data,” said Mercè Crosas, chief data science and technology officer at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), who organized the workshop. Sifting data, seeking justice By Liz Mineo, Harvard Staff Writer | January 30, 2017 | Editor’s Pick Popular Showcasing the depth and breadth of data science training at Harvard, the conference was a joint effort of the Data Science Services, Program Survey Research, and Center for Geographic Analysis groups…

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